This 1970 film from Jam Handy Productions gives viewers a look at the daily operations of The Detroit News, as well as insight to what people think of the paper. The film features many short shots of the various employees of the paper as they work to produce the day’s edition. The film opens with footage of a soap box derby, cars driving onto transport carriers, the Detroit city skyline, factories, and various people moving around the city. A Detroit News truck drives through the city. Papers come off a printing press (01:52). The editor of The Detroit News walks into the paper’s building (02:12). Staff work on stories, sip coffee, and plan out the afternoon’s edition. The chief editor meets with his secretary then goes into his office and looks through a paper (03:44). The paper’s managing editor sits at his desk, talking with a journalist (04:27). A man pulls stories off the various wire services. A team puts together the second edition of that day’s paper (06:00). A man buys a newspaper from a street-side vendor (06:20). A journalist talks to the camera about how to get a good straight-version of the story (07:17). Two men box in a ring (08:02); at the gym, a journalist interviews a boxer from Yugoslavia, using a young boy as an interpreter. A journalist sits at a typewriter writing a story (09:47). In his office, the editor speaks to staff about avoiding over-sensationalizing violence while covering a protest (10:36). People march in protest of the war in Vietnam (11:11); an observer on the street tells a Detroit News journalist that he opposes the protesters. At the newspaper, printing plates are moved along a conveyer belt and are attached to the printing press (13:40). There is a montage of shots of the paper’s staff working. The editor and writers for the editorial page discuss the purpose of editorials (16:40). A rock band plays for a crowd of youth outside (17:27). There is a montage of shots of young people riding bikes, sunbathing, and sitting around outside. A member of the paper talks about using photos and graphics and the reaction he got from one old woman to a specific image (19:00). June Brown, a writer for The Detroit News, talks to a hair dresser about the paper while she gets her hair done (21:00). In what appears to be a classroom, a member of The Detroit News awards a Police Citizen Award to Rev. Isiah Patterson (21:48). June Brown talks about why she likes working for The Detroit News (23:02). There are more quick shots of the city as a Detroit News truck drives through various areas of Detroit. A montage of shots shows the various people of Detroit as voices off-screen talk about why they do or do not like the paper. A boy rides his bike delivering news papers, ending the film.
The Detroit News is one of the two major newspapers in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. The paper began in 1873, when it rented space in the rival Detroit Free Press's building. The News absorbed the Detroit Tribune on February 1, 1919, the Detroit Journal on July 21, 1922, and on November 7, 1960, it bought and closed the faltering Detroit Times. However, it retained the Times' building, which it used as a printing plant until 1975, when a new facility opened in Sterling Heights. The Times building was demolished in 1978. The street in downtown Detroit where the Times building once stood is still called "Times Square." The Evening News Association, owner of The News, merged with Gannett in 1985.
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